Most Memorable World Series Moments
October is chock full of ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, autumn leaves, and baseball. Make that baseball at it’s finest as the World Series gets underway. To set the mood and get in the “spirit” of America’s pastime, let’s take a look back at the most memorable World Series moments:
1986 – Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner became persona non grata in Beantown thanks to this play that has gone down in history
2004 – The Curse of the Bambino was officially lifted when the Red Sox finally won the World Series after an 86-year drought. This was the final out
1989 – start at 2:19 – The San Francisco Giants were about to play the Oakland A’s in Game 3 of the Fall Classic when an earthquake struck while viewers watched live.
1977 – Reggie Jackson hits three home runs and cemented his status as Mr. October with this performance in Game 6, elevating him among the game’s elite. The Yankees won the series with this game and Jackson took home MVP honors.
1988 – A hobbling Kirk Gibson stepped up to the plate and hit a game-winning home run in the Game 1 over the heavily-favored Oakland A’s. It set the tone for the Dodgers World Series victory – the franchise’s most recent one.
2000 – Roger Clemens throws a bat at Mike Piazza. Clemens claimed he thought the bat was the ball. The Yankees easily won the series, but this play certainly made Clemens an enemy among the Mets faithful
1993 – Joe Carter hit a walk-off game-winning, World Series-clinching home run for the Blue Jays victory over the Phillies
2001 – Luis Gonzalez hit a walk-off single in the 9th inning in Game 7 off future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a series win
2011 – This epic battle in Game 6 saw the Rangers one strike away from winning the game — and the World Series — not once, but twice. In the 9th inning, David Freese hit a game-tying triple and then in the 11th he returned for more theatrics with a walk-off home run. The Cardinals would go on to win the decisive seventh game.
1991 – Game 6: Called the greatest grab in World Series history, Twins centerfielder Kirby Puckett robs Ron Gant of a home run in the top of the third inning.
There are several more memorable World Series moments. Feel free to add a few more in the comments below.